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Flaxseed Oil vs Fish oil – What Are The Main Differences

The health benefits of fish oil have been reported from clinical trails conducted by the American Heart Association (AHA). From The AHA research, it was concluded that fish oil supplementation can greatly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Fish oil was shown to lower bad cholesterol, LDL while increasing good cholesterol, HDL.

Research studies suggested that fish oil can be helpful for treatment of the following conditions:

  • macular degeneration and eye diseases,
  • depression, arthritis,
  • diabetes,
  • cancer,
  • and inflammation.

Fish oil can be found naturally in certain fish, such as: salmon, mackerel, trout, sardines, anchovies and tuna. It is believed that regular consumption of fish, can supply the body with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, which cannot be manufactured by the human body. To realize the health benefits of essential fatty acids, the American Heart Association has recommended eating fish at least twice a week or through oral dosages of fish oil supplements.
The benefits of flaxseed oil have been compared to those of fish oil. Flaxseed is natural oil, also known as Linseed. It is commonly used to maintain the whole body with a general sense of well being. It is the richest natural source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil supplies that body with the essential fatty acids that are required for optimal health of systems within the human body.

Flax Seed Oil contains not only the Omega-3 of fish oil, but it also supplies the body with omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids (remember – omega 3 is good, omega 6 is bad, omega 9 is neutral). It provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than fish oil. This has led to a great health debate, fish oil versus flax seed oil, which is better?

Omega-3 essential fatty acids are the main health benefit of fish oil and flaxseed oil. Research evidence has shown how vital Omega-3 fatty acids are for good heart health.

Flaxseed has shown the same anti-inflammatory benefits as fish oil. Inflammation is considered to be one of the leading causes of heart disease and cancer. Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent premature death of healthy cells. Additionally, Omega-3 help to maintain good healthy cells, which prevents diseases that are caused by cellular damage.

The main problem with flaxseed oil is that it contains the fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). And only this ALA is then converted into Omega-3 by our bodies. When it comes to fish oil it already contains omega 3. Tre problem here is that some people who are already suffering from poor health or those with certain medical conditions may have difficulty in converting the ALA to Omega-3 and can therefore not fully benefits from the health benefits of flaxseed oil.

For them fish oil is the obvious winner of the flaxseed oil vs fish oil debate.

The main problem of the fish oil is possible pollution. It is made out of fish that swim in our polluted seas and are on the top of the food chain – they are the final stop for things like mercury etc… Not good. If fish oil is molecularly distilled then you can be sure that it is 100% pure and safe (but its effect is somewhat diminished by this) but when it’s not it can contain traces of heavy metals like the before mentioned mercury. On the other hand – flaxseed oil is completely safe when it comes to pollution.

So which one is better? Hard to say, I think the jury is still out there. But by knowing the facts and differences between the two you can make a better and a more informed decision on which one to use.

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Sweet Pea's Kitchen

This time of year you can never have too many cookie recipes, especially if you like to make homemade goodies for your sweetie for Valentines Day. Ooey-gooey and rich with chocolate and coffee flavors, these brownie cookies have a dense and fudgy texture that’s just perfect. A topping of toffee chips that melt into the cookies during baking sets them apart from many other cookie recipes out there.

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Toffee Brownie Cookies

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  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounce bag toffee bits


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together using…

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Peanut Butter Cheese Ball


Peanut Butter Cheese Ball


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter chips
  • Graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, apple slices, Nilla wafers, for dipping


  1. Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.
  2. Spoon onto a large piece of plastic wrap; bring up all four corners and twist tightly to form a ball.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until the cheese ball is firm enough to keep its shape. Place peanut butter and chocolate chips on a plate. Remove the plastic wrap from the ball and roll it into the chocolate and peanut butter chips to completely cover, pressing them into the ball if necessary.
  4. Place the ball on serving dish; cover and freeze for 2 hours or until almost firm. (Can be made ahead. If frozen overnight, thaw at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.) Serve with graham cracker sticks, teddy grahams, Nilla wafers, or apple slices for dipping or spreading.
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Goat Cheese Bacon Balls

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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme or basil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup pecans


  1. Fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pat the slices to remove excess grease.
  2. While the bacon is cooking, whiz the goat cheese, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of herbs, and black pepper in the food processor. Whiz until creamy and well-mixed, then form small balls, about the size of the tip of your thumb.
  3. Place balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Put in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up a little more.
  5. Clean out the food processor. Crumble in the cooled bacon, the remaining tablespoon of herbs, and the pecans. Whiz until very fine and crumbly; it should be as fine as your food processor will make it.
  6. Take the cheese balls out of the freezer and roll them in the bacon mixture, pressing it in with your fingers if it doesn’t immediately stick.
  7. Place the balls in a container on their sides and refrigerate until serving. Serve on toothpicks or with crackers.
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lightly adapted from The Kitchn

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Lea & Jay

A Nutella, Double Chocolate & Banana Tart for the Annual World Nutella Day. Be still my heart! Has there ever been a happier, more delicious convergence of ingredients? I think not, though perhaps adding a little peanut butter into the mix would have made it even more enticing… if that is possible. That’s right, today February 5th is World Nutella Day. This celebration of all things Nutella was started in 2007 by Sara at Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle at Bleeding Espresso as a day to celebrate, get creative with and most importantly, to EAT Nutella.

I absolutely love Nutella. Just spreading it on toast is a joy, not to mention just eating it straight out of the jar. Yup, I might do that from time to time. I participated in World Nutella Day last year with my Nutella & Banana filled Peanut Butter Ebelskivers. ( See..I got…

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